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Property Details

Updated: May 23, 2015
Quality cabinas, surfboards and bikes. Surf lessons and guide available.

Harry's El Escondite offers 1 of 4 secluded studio-apartment style house in famous Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica and is a favorite 'hideout' for both returning surfers and first timers. The cabina is situated around a pool and garden setting on a single 1/4 acre property. El Escondite has accommodations for individuals up to a party of 3 in a cabina.

All guests get free use of surfboards and bicycles. A surf guide and lessons are also available for those new to the area or to the joys of surfing.

El Escondite is located at the end of a quiet and private dead-end road; just a short walk to the surf breaks and the attractions in downtown Tamarindo.

A cabin can sleep up to 3 people and has a kitchen, large bathroom with hot water, air-conditioning and cable TV.

El Escondite also has laundry facilities, phones and wireless Internet access.

A pool, BBQ, hammocks, and a 2nd floor sundeck with lounge chairs round out a perfect place to hangout after surfing.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 0 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

In the beginning I came to Tamarindo Beach to take time off from skiing. A knee injury had forced me to leave my home in Whistler, B.C. to pursue other activities during the winter. I tried surfing while recovering here in Tamarindo and ended up preferring the waves over snow and the beach over the mountains. Over the years I've grown to love this small beach town and eventually decided to move down permanently. El Escondite means 'the Hideout' in Spanish and that was the start of Harry's hideaway.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Awesome time Harry!

Thanks so much. I can't believe the week went by so fast. I'm just getting over paddling the estuary!!

you are a terrific host - who knows, maybe next time we meet at Nogie's we'll be toasting a new land purchase and another Whistlerite in Tamarindo!

Can't wait to see the pool finished.

XOX Kristina (one of the Canadian girls in Boston.)
Jul 2004
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Harry's, El Escondite ~ FREE SURFBOARDS & BIKES!
+11 -506 8842-3419
Tamarindo Guanacaste
Breckenridge, CO

Guestbook Comment

Harry: you rock man. your place looks even better in person than it does online. all the ammenities we could want- LOTS of boards and bikes too. but t...
  • 5 of 5
Harry: you rock man. your place looks even better in person than it does online. all the ammenities we could want- LOTS of boards and bikes too. but the most valuable service you offer your guests is your expert local knowledge.
from where to eat, surf, and grab a brew to how to solve computer problems, harry is on top of it. i would definitely reccommend harry's as a place for first-timers to costa rica. i couldnt be happier with my experience.
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Harry's, El Escondite ~ FREE SURFBOARDS & BIKES!
+11 -506 8842-3419
Tamarindo Guanacaste
Kitsap Peninsula, Washington

Harry has it coverd

  • 5 of 5
Harry has all your needs covered when you visit Tamarindo. His Cabinas are neat, tidy and tucked away on a dead end road. He has a large collection of Surfboards to match users surfing skills and conditions. Harry is very helpful with information in the area. Meeting Harry was like having one of my Buddies living in the area with all the local knowledge. I look forward to staying with him again.
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Harry's, El Escondite ~ FREE SURFBOARDS & BIKES!
+11 -506 8842-3419
Tamarindo Guanacaste

Great place

  • 5 of 5
Great place to stay. Harry the owner is a very cool guy and he lives in one of the cabanas. He also has a few bikes and tons of surfboards that he lends out to guest for free. We had a full kitchen, google tv, wifi, own hammock, and a pool. 5 star value. 10 min walk from beach and all of Tamarindo. Also has a really cool dog named Don't. Don't is a very smart and nice dog. He will bark at you the first time you meet him, but once he knows you are a guest, he never barks again at you. He leaves you alone, but if you call him over he will gladly let you pet him. All and all, the wife and I are really glad we stayed at Harry's. Just make sure you print out the map to the place, it won't come up on your GPS. We had trouble finding it the first time, but really easy if you know where you are going.
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Harry's, El Escondite ~ FREE SURFBOARDS & BIKES!
+11 -506 8842-3419
Tamarindo Guanacaste

Happy travelers recommend Harry's!

Happy travelers recommend Harry's!
  • 5 of 5
M and I arrived hot and grumpy to Harry's after a red-eye flight and long drive from San Jose. Spirits were immediately lifted to find a happy host, full supplied kitchen (including coffee and milk!), a nice little pool, and a higher tech media set-up than we have at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. There's a GoogleTV in each cabina stocked up with movies, music, and of course high speed internet... just in case if you're stuck inside during the rain. M brought his surfboards from California and in retrospect, we could have just used Harry's because he has a selection of well maintained shortboards, longboards, and foamies. Over the course of our week, we made friends with our cabina neighbors, grilled fresh fish up on the rooftop deck, surfed at a lot of beaches (we had a rented car), and went on a few boating expeditions. Bonus: if you're interested in ocean fishing, Harry connected us with Jason at Pedro's fishing, and it was a highlight of our trip!
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Harry's, El Escondite ~ FREE SURFBOARDS & BIKES!
+11 -506 8842-3419
Tamarindo Guanacaste

Awesome Stay!

  • 5 of 5
Harry went above and beyond to help make us feel at home here! Just an example- my bag got lost and never made it to San Jose when I landed, but Harry worked with the airlines to ensure my bag would get delivered all the way from San Jose to Tamarindo. And sure enough it was there the next morning!

He was super helpful and knows the area like the back of his hand. He always gave great recommendations and our trip wouldn't have been the same without him!

Thanks for an amazing trip Harry! :)
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Harry's, El Escondite ~ FREE SURFBOARDS & BIKES!
+11 -506 8842-3419
Tamarindo Guanacaste

Excellent accommodations and great vibes

  • 5 of 5
I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. The cabinas were excellent and provided everything we needed. The pool, gardens, hammocks, and lots of shade provided the ultimate relaxation environment and the upstairs deck and BBQ were perfect for dinner and drinks. Harry is so righteous, was great to hang out with, and provided us with all sorts of excellent advice. The availability of bikes and surfboards was a huge bonus and saved us some cash. All in all it was a fantastic spot and I can't wait to get back there.
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


From the Owner

Tamarindo Beach in Costa Rica has a unique combination of consistent off-shore winds for surfing and easy access to amenities and services without the need for a car but still having the feeling of a small laid back community. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, banks, shops and surf breaks; all within walking distance.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Liberia, Costa Rica at 65 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Season's by Shlomy at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Tamarindo Beach at 700 Metres Car: not necessary

10 min walk to beach, surfing, stores & restaurants.


From $80 Per night

Rental rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates based on 1 or 2 people/cabina. Please add $20/night for 3rd person.
There is a 25% deposit payable through PayPal or Interac for reservations.

All guests have free access to surfboards and bikes but are responsible for loss or damage.
Surf lessons are available for extra fees.

Balance is due on check-in.

In case of cancellation, availability calendar is updated and refund issued depending on rebooking of canceled dates.

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Updated: May 23, 2015


From the Owner

The 'El Escondite' grounds was established in 2001 and over the years has been expanded, renovated and improved to keep up with needs of clients. The cabinas are Tico style with outdoor living kept in mind yet has all modern the conveniences expected from a quality hotel. Relax and hideout at this quiet, private and secluded villa. All guests have free access to surfboards, bicycles, beach towels and bamboo mats.

Property Type

  • studio


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Town


  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 400 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, Large Bathroom
  • There is an extra outdoor shower by the pool for after surf showers.


  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • ~ - 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Sofa bed has a single-size, real mattress.
  • Thick orthopedic mattresses with mattress covers and extra high count sheets.


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • There are hammocks on patio and lounge chairs on 2nd floor sundeck, Over a dozen surfboards to choose from and bicycles for all guests to use. Surf lessons and guide available. Large media library accessible through NAS and WIFI. Google TV's and HD TV's in every cabina.

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